Bob Grammig, Chair
Robert J. Grammig is a partner and leader of the firm-wide Public Companies and Securities Practice at Holland & Knight. Mr. Grammig has practiced for over 25 years in the areas of public company mergers and acquisitions, securities law, general corporate law and international business transactions. He serves on the firm’s Directors Committee.
Mr. Grammig has represented both companies and underwriters in numerous public company offerings. He has also led legal teams on behalf of acquirers, target companies and special committees in a large number of publicly announced merger and acquisition transactions, several of which valued at greater than $1.0 billion. Mr. Grammig also regularly advises boards of directors, audit committees and special committees regarding corporate governance matters. He has devoted a substantial part of his practice to international business transactions, representing both United States and foreign entities, including representations involving significant acquisitions in Colombia, Malaysia and Japan. He regularly participates as a panelist in KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas A. Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
Mr. Grammig is a member of the Tampa Bay Crisis Center’s Board of Governors, The Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Stan W. Connally, Jr.
Stan W. Connally Jr. is Chairman, President & CEO of Gulf Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company –one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States. Gulf Power Company is headquartered in Pensacola and provides electricity and energy services to communities in Northwest Florida.
Stan began his career with Southern Company in 1989 as a co-op student at Georgia Power’s Plant Yates and has held positions in various functional areas, including Customer Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Power Generation. In 1998, Stan was named Sales Manager for the company’s Central Region in the Macon, Ga., area.
One year later, he returned to Georgia Power’s corporate office as Assistant to the Vice President of Retail Sales and Service. He subsequently served as Group Leader of Engineering at Plant Wansley before being named Plant Manager of Mississippi Power’s Plant Watson in 2003 and Plant Daniel in 2004.
Three years later, Stan became Plant Manager at Alabama Power, with responsibility for all electric generating units at Plant Barry, Theodore Co-Generation Plant, and Washington County Co-Generation Plant.
Most recently, Stan was Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer for Georgia Power Company, where he was responsible for coal, gas, and hydro-electric generation.
Stan graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed the Goizueta Executive Education Program at Emory University in 2004 and the Southern Company Senior Leadership Development Program in 2009.
Stan serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Florida. He also serves on the Georgia Tech Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board.
Sydney W. Kitson, Immediate Past Chair
Sydney W. Kitson is Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of master-planned communities and commercial properties.
Kitson is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Kitson had a notable career in the National Football League, playing offensive guard for both the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Upon his retirement from professional football in 1985, he began his career in real estate and founded Kitson & Partners in 1999.
In 2006, Kitson completed the historic purchase of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida, encompassing more than 91,000 acres – an area five times the size of the island of Manhattan. Over 80% of the original land purchase, some 73,000 acres within Charlotte and Lee counties, has been preserved by the State of Florida and Lee County, in the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history.
Syd lectures at Princeton University, and has served on multiple civic, education and non-profit boards. In addition to his appointment as a member of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida, he is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100, as well as the current Chairman for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
John A. Attaway, Jr. is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Publix Super Markets, Inc. located in Lakeland, Florida. John joined Publix in 1997 as Corporate Counsel to create Publix’s first corporate legal department. He was promoted to General Counsel and Secretary in 2000 and Senior Vice President in 2005. In this position, John is responsible for managing the Legal, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Environmental & Sustainability Programs, Quality Assurance, Compliance & Corporate Records Management, and Government Relations departments. Prior to joining Publix, John was a shareholder with Lane, Trohn Bertrand & Vreeland P.A. in Lakeland, Florida, where he specialized in the areas of tax law, business law, real property law, and banking law.
John earned his undergraduate degree in Management Science from Duke University, his Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, and his Master of Laws Degree from the University of Florida College of Law.
Chas Bailes III
Charles E. Bailes, III (“Chas”), grandson of the company’s founder, Jack Holloway, has been with ABC Fine Wine and Spirits since 1975. He was named its Chairman of the Board in September 1998, and has served as ABC’s President and CEO since 1994. As a graduate of Georgia Tech, he holds a degree in Industrial Engineering. Charles and his wife, Kimberly, married since 1976, have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and attend First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Charles is active in many business, civic, social and charitable organizations. Current and past affiliations include: The Foundation Board of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, Board of Directors of Florida Fellowship Foundation, YMCA of Central Florida Board (Chairman), Seaside National Bank & Trust, Cathedral Church of St. Luke (Chapter, Senior Warden), Moffitt Cancer Center Board, and Orlando Museum of Art (Board of Trustees), to name a few. He is also a member and Past President of the Country Club of Orlando. Market Watch and Beverage & Food Dynamics have recognized Charles and his brother Jess as the “Retailer of the Year”. His hobbies are golf and hunting.
Mike Bjorklund currently serves as General Manager for the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA) and as the Chairman for the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI). A native Floridian, born and raised in the Panhandle, Bjorklund first ventured into the political arena as staff for the Florida House of Representatives in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he began taking leave during election years to work on political campaigns around Florida involving Legislative and Cabinet races.
In 2007, Bjorklund moved to the private sector to begin his career as a legislative advocate for FECA. Florida’s electric cooperatives are not-for-profit electric utilities that operate in the rural and suburban areas in 54 of Florida’s 67 counties, and serve approximately 10 percent of the state’s population. In addition to educating legislators and staff on energy and utility issues, Bjorklund manages the political operations for FECA and works with candidates that have the potential to become business-minded legislators. To further this cause, Bjorklund began working with the FCPI. The FCPI is a tremendous asset to the business community and Bjorklund has had the privilege to serve on the FCPI Advisory Council for several years before becoming its Chairman.
Cressman D. Bronson
Cressman Bronson is the Regional President for the Florida East Market, covering the territory of Miami to Jacksonville. As Regional President, he is responsible for growing the PNC franchise and brand within the region. PNC is a diversified financial services company offering Retail Banking, Asset Management, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Residential Mortgage Banking. PNC helps build strong communities and create financial opportunities for individuals, families and businesses. Mr. Bronson brings over twenty years of banking experience to its clients, prospects and communities.
Mr. Bronson serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and The Honda Classic. He is a member of YPO International and YPO Palm Beach Chapter. Mr. Bronson is also a member of the Business Development Board (BDB), South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA), Leadership Broward Class of 2015 and Leadership Palm Beach Class of 2011.
Mr. Bronson earned his BBA in Marketing and ABA in Accounting from the University of Toledo.
David Call currently serves as Regional President of Fifth Third Bank (South Florida), which includes more than $5 billion in deposits. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the four lines of business including: Wholesale Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Investment Advisors for the region. Shortly after assuming the role in 2008, he led Fifth Third Bank (South Florida) through the FDIC-assisted acquisition of insolvent Freedom Bank. While leading the Bank during the Great Recession, he continued to shift the region from # 3 market share (Collier county) in 2008 to #1 in 2009 thru current 2015. As a visionary of growth, in 2010 he led the expansion of the Bank’s Wholesale strategy on the Southeast coast by securing talent and hub locations in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami markets.
Call joined Fifth Third Bank in 2002 and held numerous positions in the Commercial and Retail lines of business before being promoted to President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Ohio Valley) in 2005. In 2008, he led the integration of First Charter Bank of Charlotte, North Carolina, further diversifying the Bank’s footprint and guiding its entry into fast-growing Southeastern metropolitan markets.
Call received his bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Eastern Kentucky University and his Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Charleston. He also is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking.
Call currently serves as Chair on the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board. He is active with the Florida Banker’s Association (FBA), the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) and is involved with several local charities.
Previously in West Virginia, David served as Chair of the United Way River Cities and was selected by the State’s Governor and Senator to serve on several committees related to economic development.
In Florida, he served on the Governor’s Council as Co-Chairman for the Economic Development Council of Collier County. He served on the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Finance Committee of The Immokalee Foundation Board of Directors. David was the Chairman of the American Heart Association 2012 Heart Ball and the American Cancer Society 2015 Chairman for the Cattle Barons’ Ball.
Scott Cathcart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Division for SunTrust Bank. He has primary market responsibility for the Bank’s Commercial Banking activities, including relationships with for profit, not for profit, governmental and education institutions.
Scott’s career spans a variety of segments with a focus on middle market-sized transactions including both debt and equity products. Over the last 17 years in banking, 14 with SunTrust, Scott has worked with hundreds of companies across the U.S. with enterprise values ranging from $25MM – $1B.
Prior to leading the Florida Division for SunTrust, he has had several roles, including Middle Market Banking and Corporate Banking at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Most recently, Scott built out the Corporate Finance Specialty Group, based in Atlanta.
Scott has led transactions across the SunTrust footprint primarily in the Southeast, with a secondary focus on select national markets, to service the needs of Private Equity clients and operating clients of the geographically distributed coverage bankers. He also served as a Director for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, providing financing and capital markets solutions to his portfolio of public and private clients in the large middle market and mid-corporate sector.
Scott’s experience spans a variety of industries with a particular focus on the Industrial, Professional and Financial Services, and Consumer/Retail sectors.
The Corporate Finance team in Commercial Banking was built to execute corporate finance transactions for middle market companies. The capital provided by this group supports SunTrust clients who are either making acquisitions, being acquired by Private Equity, selling to management or employees, or pursuing shareholderfriendly leveraged recapitalizations. The practice group drives the strategy for commercial clients in concert with our industry focused investment bank, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, while maintaining local relationship coverage provided by our commercial bankers.
Scott received his BA in History from Wake Forest University and MBA with a focus on Finance from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
He is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Orlando Economic Partnership. He has also served as an active member and Chairman of the Board for Safe House Outreach, a not-for-profit focused on helping the homeless population of Atlanta, Georgia.
Scott is married with two young daughters and lives in Winter Park, FL. When he is not spending his time working or with his family, he enjoys playing golf and the outdoors.
Charles S. Caulkins
Charles S. Caulkins is the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office and a member of the Firm’s three member National Management Committee. Since 1977, he has represented employers nationally in labor and employment law matters. This includes advising employers on the development and implementation of preventive labor relations programs to avoid charges and lawsuits, protect trade secrets, and resolve disputes. He regularly counsels employers during union representation elections, decertification, corporate campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, and lockouts.
He also handles employment related litigation and arbitrations before state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, OSHA and other statutory claims. Charley is a founding member and past President of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, and was the 2006 Chairman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. He is listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America.
Michael Cohen is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Renaissance Reinsurance, a global provider of reinsurance and insurance to cover the risk of natural and man-made catastrophes. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cohen was a director of industry and state relations at Freddie Mac.
He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the White House Community Empowerment Board in the Clinton White House, was the White House liaison at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and ran the Office of Special Actions for HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. In addition he established and ran the Office of Disaster and Emergency Management at HUD, following a series of disasters in 1997.
Michael was a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and has held various other positions both in and out of government.
Michael grew up in Miami, Florida and earned a B.A. at Columbia University and a J.D. at Emory University School of Law.
Susan M. Connelly
Susan Connelly was named Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs in August 2015. A member of Darden’s Senior Leadership Team, she is responsible for corporate and brand communications, government relations and public policy, philanthropy, and the company’s community engagement strategy and sustainability initiatives.
Darden owns and operates more than 1,500 Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House restaurants in North America, employing 150,000 people and serving more than 320 million meals annually.
Previously, Susan served as Vice President, Government Relations where she led the government relations, community affairs and sustainability functions for Darden. She was responsible for developing external engagement strategies that aligned with ongoing business objectives. Susan joined Darden in 2007 as Director, State and Local Government Relations.
Prior to joining Darden, Susan was Government Relations Manager for McDonald’s USA where she directed state and local advocacy for the Eastern United States. Susan also served as Director of State Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, serving as their primary legislative and regulatory advocate in the Northeast.
Susan serves on the boards of the National Restaurant Association, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and earned an MBA from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
Marshall Criser III
He is the former president of AT&T Florida and a longtime education leader in the state. He took office as chancellor in January of 2014, fully dedicating himself to his passion of higher education advocacy. The Board of Governors of the State University System selected him unanimously for the post.
Criser serves on Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council, a role he began as the Florida House Speaker’s appointee as a representative of the business community and continues as chancellor.
He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, where he is a former chair, and a member of the Board for Enterprise Florida, Inc.
His community service also includes terms as vice chair of the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees, chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, chair of Florida TaxWatch and as a past member of the Scripps Institute Board of Trustees in California.
A Florida native, Criser graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and completed an Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in Fountainebleau, France.
He and his wife, Kimberly, have four daughters.
Mr. Cumber is Executive Vice President for Corporate Development for Florida East Coast Industries, LLC (FECI). He has responsibility for guiding capital projects, including All Aboard Florida which is the first privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail system in the U.S.
Prior to joining FECI, Mr. Cumber was Executive Vice President for Corporate Development for Florida East Coast Railway, L.L.C. (FEC), an affiliate company of FECI. Mr. Cumber had responsibility for structuring and managing several major capital projects, including reconnecting the FEC to the Port of Miami, the construction of new intermodal container transfer facilities, and working with public agencies to introduce commuter rail service in the FEC corridor.
Previously, Mr. Cumber was President of H.A. Cumber & Company, a transportation consulting firm that specialized in rail, transit and highway issues. The firm provided business development and government relations support throughout the country.
Mr. Cumber served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation and prior to that was the Assistant to the Secretary for Policy. Mr. Cumber assisted in the daily operations of a federal agency with approximately 60,000 people and a $70 billion budget. He provided policy direction for highways, motor carriers, pipelines, railroads (including Amtrak), transit, and domestic security issues. Mr. Cumber was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 20, 2008 to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board. His nomination was terminated after the November 2008 election.
Prior to his appointment at U.S. DOT, Mr. Cumber led the public affairs efforts for Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI), a NYSE-traded company that then included the assets of what is today FEC and FECI. In this role, Mr. Cumber was credited for securing over $50 million in public funds to build additional freight capacity in the FEC Railway corridor. Mr. Cumber also coordinated crisis communications for the Company and served as the corporate spokesperson.
Mr. Cumber is a Board Member of JEA, the eighth largest community-owned electric utility company in the United States and largest in Florida, and Florida State College Foundation. He is a current member of the Gator Bowl Sports Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Florida Chamber. Mr. Cumber is the past President of the Florida Railroad Association and past Board Member of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. Mr. Cumber has previously served on the Boards of the North Broward YMCA, the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association and the Strategic Intermodal Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Cumber was a founding member of the Florida Intermodal Transportation Association and is a graduate of Leadership Florida.
Mr. Cumber is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. National Security. He, his wife (LeAnna), son (Jake) and daughter (Penelope) currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Darrenkamp serves as an executive staff member with primary responsibility for advising on all legal matters impacting the company’s execution of existing business, and identifying and obtaining new business. Mr. Darrenkamp is responsible for advising on contracting activities, intellectual property management, risk management, employment and labor matters, regulatory affairs, litigation management, international trade compliance, and subsidiary governance.
Before assuming his current position, Mr. Darrenkamp spent nearly three years on the Corporate Legal Staff in the Washington D.C. area serving as Vice President & General Counsel for the Washington Operations group – who are responsible for the corporation’s engagement of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch officials – and also as the inaugural Vice President & General Counsel for Lockheed Martin International where he designed and launched the legal organization supporting the corporation’s focus on business growth outside of the United States.
Mr. Darrenkamp joined Lockheed Martin in 2000 as Associate General Counsel to the simulation business in Orlando, Florida. Prior to assuming his role on the Corporate Legal Staff, Mr. Darrenkamp spent twelve years working in positions of increasing responsibility as general counsel to various operating units ranging in size from $500M – $3B. In addition to his leadership and management responsibilities, Mr. Darrenkamp also served as counsel on several international transactions; including the award-winning Singapore Basic Wings Course (Asia Pacific Awards 2007 PPP Deal of the Year) and United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (2009 Public Private Finance Awards – Best Defence Project & Grand Prix Award).
Mr. Darrenkamp is a military veteran, having started his legal career with the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate serving in Seoul, Republic of Korea and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following his active duty service, Mr. Darrenkamp joined a private law firm in Colorado Springs as a commercial litigation associate, and later as an attorney-advisor with U.S. Army Space Command. Mr. Darrenkamp continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. With the full support of Lockheed Martin, Mr. Darrenkamp deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-2008.
Mr. Darrenkamp received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, with a minor in Computer and Information Science, from Oakland University and his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition, Mr. Darrenkamp has an M.B.A. degree from the University of Detroit. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Darrenkamp worked as a Systems Analyst for Chrysler Corporation and Volkswagen of America.
Mr. Darrenkamp and his wife of over 30 years, Terri (Maxwell) of Oxford, Michigan, have two adult daughters, Julia and Cynthia.